Tacoma Rail, W&LE tap HTI for PTC

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Tacoma, Wash.-based short line Tacoma Rail and Ohio-based regional Wheeling & Lake Erie have selected Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) Hosting services.

Herzog PTC Hosting “allows railroads nationwide to simplify and accelerate their PTC implementation utilizing Herzog’s PTC expertise and existing PTC data center infrastructure,” HTI said. “With this partnership, Herzog will assist Tacoma Rail and Wheeling & Lake Erie in meeting the mandated [Dec. 31, 2018] PTC [federal implementation] deadline and be interoperable with [both railroad’s] host railroads.”

HTI has begun the process of integrating with both railroads.

“We are truly excited to move forward with [these partnerships],” said Travis Rollings, HTI Director of Office Systems. “Working with the Tacoma Rail team has been a very positive experience, and we look forward to working with them in the future. Wheeling & Lake Erie is an historic railroad with many of the same values as Herzog. We are excited to move forward with them as hosting partners.”

Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) is a supplier of PTC-related services and software, including system integration, survey and data management, and back-office software. HTI also provides signal and communication services. HTI is a subsidiary of Herzog Contracting Corp., which was founded in 1969.

Tacoma Rail is one of three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities (the other two are Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water). It is municipally owned. Tacoma Rail’s more than 100 employees provide service 24/7 to handle all of the responsibilities of a common-carrier railroad, including track inspection and maintenance, locomotive maintenance, customer service and administration.

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. is the largest railroad headquartered in Ohio and one of the largest Class II railroads in the nation.


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